Leron Carson – Red Lightbulb Theory [SS036]

CARSON, Leron - Red Lightbulb Theory '87-'88 (reissue)

A few Highlights from the sessions Leron recorded in 1987-88 when he was fifteen or so. China Trax, featured on SS012, came from these sessions. These were hand made, meaning no sequencing was used for the keys on any of the songs featured, using cassette tape overdubs, a lost science. Omar-S touched up the material from those cassettes for this release on vinyl.

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Leron Carson – Red Lightbulb Theory [SS036]

LeRon Carson – Under The Conditions [SS083/84]

CARSON, Leron - Under The Conditions

Brilliant album from the legend LeRon Carson on Sound Signature. Raw dusty early Chicago flavored house. LeRon Carson is one of the many unheralded but still legendary producers out of the American Midwest. His next move takes him to Theo Parrish’s mighty Sound Signature for a new album of his textbook dusty drums and lived-in house grooves. Of course, they are all linked in some way, left of centre of experimental in how they are assembled. That’s the case right from the off with the scruffy drums and twanging synth lead of ‘Under The Conditions.’ What sounds like a speech from Martin Luther King is sampled on ’72nd & Oglesby’ over a sweet of raw, tense beats and elsewhere the bittersweet synths of ‘Bismarck Nite’ strike a different but equally powerful note.

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LeRon Carson – Under The Conditions [SS083/84]

Leron Carson – Lemonlime / Sofnthik [SS059]

CARSON, Leron - Lemonlime

New 12″ from Leron Carson for Theo’s label. “Lemonline” is a deliciously breezy concoction, with Carson’s jazzy piano riffs working in perfect unison with bouncy, Latin-influenced drum rhythms. Flipside “Sofnthik”, on the other hand, sounds like a previously unheard 1980s Chicago deep house concoction, with warm, loved-up chords swirling around a clattering drum machine groove.

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Leron Carson – Lemonlime / Sofnthik [SS059]

D. Wilson & L. Carson – Tracks From Tapes [SS042]

WILSON, D/L CARSON - Tracks From The Tapes

Sound Signature completists will be rubbing their hands with a sense of relish at the label’s 42nd release as it sees more material drawn from the late 80s archives of Leron Carson. Back in 2001, Theo Parrish introduced Leron Carson’s work with “China Trax” which sounded like the uncovered cassette recordings of a deviant Robert Hood. Carson’s busted lo fi productions from the same era were later given a more extensive airing on the double plated Sound Signature issue Red Lightbulb Theory ’87-’88 and this third appearance on the label draws from some recordings made in collaboration with the unheralded D Wilson. All Sound Signature will offer by way of description is “This was Southside Chitown ’89. If you weren’t there you weren’t there…. lots of underground unreleased music circulated on the Southside on maxell and tonemaster tapes from Walgreens – 2 dollars for a pack of eight” For our money both “Siren” and “Other Science” can be compared to the twisted, grainy freeform acid Jamal Moss makes.

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D. Wilson & L. Carson – Tracks From Tapes [SS042]